Whoever thinks New York is tough can go suck a Hummer tailpipe. This is a mean town and we need no further evidence than what’s happened to Conan O’Brien. He was at the top of his game in New York. LA seduced him with the Tonight Show promise. He moves his staff and himself to Tinsel Town only to find out the diva isn’t going away quietly, he’s rewriting all of television to accommodate his non-retirement. Conan is then, even with the move and the dream job – still second fiddle to a lukewarm 80′s relic.
And then a Desperate Housewife, tries to crack Conan’s skull open.
Then Jay Leno get’s moved back and Jeff Gaspin cuts Conan’s show by half. So Conan’s Tonight Show, after the winter Olympics, is supposed to start at 12:05. Which Seth Meyers pointed out on SNL, it means the Tonight Show will air when it’s no longer tonight.
The point is, no matter how famous or successful you are, in LA, you’re not beyond getting jerked around.